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Charleston Harbor History Tour

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Combine cool city sights from the water with a boatload of historical facts during this Charleston history cruise—a great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves. An easy-to-find meeting place takes the stress out of navigating a new area, leaving you to sit back and enjoy your guided tour on the Charleston Harbor.
  • Book ahead to guarantee a day and time for this Charleston history cruise
  • Travel by a different mode of transport—an 80-foot sightseeing boat 
  • Learn about the city’s history from a guide, including the Civil War
  • Choose from multiple cruise times to best suit you
  • Cruise ship is wheelchair accessible
What to Expect
Meet for your Charleston Harbor cruise at Charleston Maritime Center on Wharfside Street in the city. Turn in your voucher at check-in, and board your sightseeing boat. When you board, find a spot you’d like best for this guided tour. If you’d like you can purchase drinks on board the boat (own expense) to sip on while you sail. Your guide starts right away telling you the history of the city as you pass by antebellum houses and pass under bridges. Follow the Cooper River all the way to the Fort Sumter National Monument. Your guide tells you stories about the Civil War and WWII, and you might even catch sight of wildlife as you cruise, including dolphins and pelicans. See Fort Moultrie and Fort Johnson, along with St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. Your Charleston tour ends back at the place where it began on Wharfside Street.
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Important Information
Departure Point
10 Wharfside St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Narrated Charleston Harbor History Cruise aboard the Carolina Belle
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Stunning views of Charleston Harbor with notable sites such as Fort Sumter and the USS Yorktown
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Hats off to the tour guide/boat captain Tripp for the fun, fact filled boat trip on Sunday. We had 2 young children with us who thoroughly enjoyed the captains interaction. He was quite comical but also extremely knowledgeable about the history of Charleston. I'm in my 60's and
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Ww had nice weather, so a very nice way to see the beautiful city of Charleston from the water. Well worth the time!
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Capt Andy and crew were awesome. Fun tour, comfortable, clean, great bar and snacks. Capt was knowledgeable and humorous. Recommend for any trip to Charleston.
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Enjoyed the narration of Captain Andy and the views. Sat outside for most of the tour but loved that we had the option to sit inside when it got cold/windy.
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Very nice. Relaxing. Informative. Even had visits from a few dolphins that swam beside the boat, occasionally jumping out of the water.
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